Listening Center Freebie

So I've been searching the internet all afternoon looking for a 3rd grade listening center form. Yeah - those don't exist. :) I did find a couple that helped me put this one together.

Our Response to Literature standards emphasize forming and supporting an opinion about a text so I wanted to incorporate some of that in the response. I have a very *active* group this year and they needed something to hold them accountable for this piece of our center rotation. I'll model this tomorrow, so wish me luck!

I would love constructive feedback and/or love notes!:)

Listening Center

First Week Frenzy

W-O-W. I have had a whirlwind week so far!

As an inclusion teacher, I know each year will bring new challenges. This year is no exception. I'm really really really glad we are using the clip chart system. It has been  the perfect system so far, and it fits in well with our 7 Habits focus. Speaking of the clip chart, I have to say THANK YOU to everyone who has encouraged me to try this. Know that you not only changed my thinking, but you impacted my entire grade level. All 6 of us are trying the clip system this year. Our 7 second grade teachers are trying it as well. W-O-W!

We've also started to dig deep into the first three habits ~

Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First

Today I taught a lesson using Habit 1: Be Proactive. Since I departmentalize, I was able to use two different books with the lesson. I couldn't decide which one to use, so I pulled a different book for each class. One of the texts was significantly shorter than the other, so this was a great way to differentiate for my inclusion group. This early in the year, they have the attention span of a flea. :)

Group 1: Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan

Group 2: A Day's Work by Eve Bunting

I'm sharing the T-Charts we made today. We had some really rich discussions about what it means to be a proactive person and the books lend themselves really easily to this habit.

Habit 1 Lesson T-Charts
I found our talks were better when we made notes after reading the book instead of stopping and talking as we read. I have to give credit to my co-teacher, Schona, for that nugget of truth. Of course, your classroom may work differently.

I hope this has been helpful! Don't forget to enter the Lakeshore giveaway - it ends tomorrow night at 11pm!!


Poetry Notebooks

Does anyone else out there use poetry on a weekly basis with their students? This is one of my goals for the new school year. We will have reading "binders" that house their reading journal, guided reading work, center activities and a poetry notebook section.

Each Monday during my Skills Block (think: Vocabulary/Grammar) we would read a new poem and introduce a new skill. The skill is always embedded into the poem. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we reinforce the skill through partner games, poem-related activities and other printables. We reread the poem everyday to build fluency. I'm going to post the poem each week as a center workstation and have the kids do an activity that connects the poem to a reading skill... visualizing, connections, etc. On Friday, I assess the current skill as well as reviewing skills previously taught during Skills Block.

Each unit I've created has been posted in my TpT store. For some reason, the unit on singular and plural nouns will not upload to Teacher's Notebook. The order of the units for me is based on the skills mandated by my state (GA) and school system.

Week 1: Prefixes (just un- and re-... We go back and add more throughout the year.)
Week 2: Synonyms and Antonyms
Week 3: Homophones
Week 4: Singular and Plural Nouns
Week 5: Contractions
Week 6: Suffixes
Week 7: Review and Extend

(I only have 7 weeks for this quarter because we spend the first week of school introducing the 7 Habits, Reader's Workshop and Writer's Workshop. The second week is spent reinforcing rituals and routines and introducing Words Their Way.)

I just finished a fun new unit on suffixes! I'm putting it up in my TpT store and my Teacher's Notebook store. It's only $2 right now!

Week 6 - Marvelous Suffixes) PREVIEW

BACK to my original question....

How do you use poetry in your classroom? I would love to hear from you!